Beu Health Center's Dr. Richard Iverson to be Recognized Sept. 20 with Rural Physician of Excellence Award
September 13, 2011
MACOMB, IL - - Dr. Richard Iverson, the medical chief of staff at Western Illinois University's Beu Health Center, will be honored next week in Springfield for his contributions to rural health care in the State of Illinois. According to Mary Jane Clark at the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs at WIU, Iverson will be honored with the Rural Physician of Excellence Award at the Illinois Rural Health Association (IRHA) "Doc Hollywood Day" program and reception Tuesday, Sept. 20.
Clark, who is serving as the immediate past president of the IRHA for the next two years, said Iverson, along with seven other physicians from around the state, will be recognized via the IRHA's seventh annual Rural Physician of Excellence award program. The recognition is for going above and beyond the call of duty to provide health care to rural and underserved residents throughout Illinois, Clark noted.
According to WIU Beu Health Center Director Mary Margaret Harris, Iverson has served as Beu's medical chief of staff since August 2001, and provides Western's students with outstanding health care.
"Dr. Iverson has devoted his career to excellence in healthcare for our rural community. That tradition has continued throughout his tenure at Western Illinois University," Harris said.
According to the IRHA, Doc Hollywood Day was created in 2005 by the National Rural Health Association to honor rural physicians and raise awareness of the need for additional rural health care providers; six years later, this day of recognition continues. Award winners are nominated by local community leaders who want to demonstrate their appreciation for the contributions made by their local physicians.
"Illinois rural physicians work tirelessly to serve our residents and are the cornerstone for health care in each of their communities," said Clark. "Rural Illinois depends on these physicians to provide quality health care that all Illinois citizens deserve."
For more information about the IRHA, contact Clark at (309) 298-2304 or visit the IRHA website at www.ilruralhealth.org. For more information about Beu Health Center, contact Harris at (309) 298-1888 or MM-Harris@wiu.edu, or visit Beu Health Center online at beu.wiu.edu.